A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Opioid epidemic taking its toll in Kentucky — and, yes, NKY counties are among the leaders

The nationwide opioid epidemic continued taking its lethal toll on the Commonwealth last year, driving up overdose deaths to unprecedented levels with an ever-stronger mix of fentanyl, heroin and prescription pills. According to a report released today by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, fatal overdoses totaled 1,404 in 2016, a 7.4 percent increase from the previous year. Of those cases,...

Shelley Shearer: Knowing the signs of sleep apnea could save your life, and there are solutions

Recently autopsy results indicate that actress Carrie Fisher’s primary cause of death was sleep apnea. While her body did have signs of drug abuse, her weight and other factors seem to have contributed to a fatal sleep disorder. No one will ever know if her death could have been avoided. But for Northern Kentuckians, the fate of Princess Leia does not have to be their own if they can identify the...

Community health fair on Monday — free event with cookout, children’s programs at MACC

Madison Avenue Christian Church (MACC) will join Northern Kentucky University’s Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved (NACU), St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Covington Fire Department and the Northern Kentucky Health Department to hold a community health fair on Monday, June 26 from 4 until 6:30 p.m. at the church, 1530 Madison Avenue, Covington. NKU nursing faculty member, Dr. Teresa Huber along...

SmartHealthToday: Experts at St. Elizabeth on high alert to track superbug — working to keep us safe

By SmartHealthToday Team Local hospitals are on high alert after the World Health Organization recently published its first ever list of potentially deadly bacteria. The WHO says the list is necessary to advocate for new antibiotics needed around the world. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Before a superbug can be treated, though, it needs to be tracked, which is where the experts at St. Elizabeth...

Interact for Health refines its health policy strategy to focus its prioritizes, eliminate barriers

Interact for Health has announced it will focus its grantmaking and health policy work to eliminate key barriers to better health in the Greater Cincinnati region, according to Dr. O’dell Owens, president and CEO. For the next five years, Interact for Health will prioritize its efforts to address three core areas: Reducing tobacco use in low-income communities; Creating a regional infrastructure...

SmartHealthToday: Pediatrician-approved tips for dressing your baby for hot weather and the sun

Although more babies are born during the summer months than any other time of year, the season can be a tricky one when it comes to knowing how to dress your baby. To celebrate the First Day of Summer, Dr. John LaCount, a pediatrician with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Florence office, offers five tips on how to keep your baby comfortable in warm weather and protected from the summer sun: Use sunscreen,...

Community Health Status Survey: Only 2 in 10 adults eat recommended fruits and vegetables

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, has found that only 2 in 10 adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region (23 percent) eat the recommended daily amount of both fruits and vegetables. Forty-two percent do NOT eat the recommended daily amount of both fruits and vegetables, nearly double the amount who do. The percentage of adults eating...

Boonespring Health Care & Rehabilitation Center to hold groundbreaking on July 11, to have 143 beds

After eight long years of regulatory hurdles and legal obstacles, the long-awaited $24 million Boonespring Health Care & Rehabilitation center will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, July 11th at 10:30 a.m. at the project site at 10250 U.S. 42 in Boone County (near St. Timothy Church in Union). When completed in the fall of 2018, the 94,000 sq. ft. center will employ 200 and will have...

SmarthealthToday: Preventing heat-related injuries in student athletes is a big priority as weather warms

By SmartHealthToday Team As the weather warms up and summer training begins, preventing heat-related injuries in student athletes becomes a huge priority for local health officials, coaches and parents. Heat index chart “We still have about 10 athletes that die of heat stroke, mostly in football, every five years,” said Dr. Michael Miller of St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine. There’s a lot that can...

Following father’s example, UK nursing student Karly Schmidt donates a kidney to save a life

By Elizabeth Adams Special to NKyTribune To commit a textbook term to memory, UK College of Nursing student Karly Schmidt used a mental shortcut by naming her two kidneys George and Fred. George, her right kidney, reminded her of the word “glomerular,” and Fred, her left kidney, reminded her of “filtration.” Putting the two words together, she could recall the glomerular filtration rate, which...

Christ Hospital announces the gift of an endowed chair to support its Heart and Vascular Center

The Christ Hospital Health Network has announce the establishment of a $2 million Endowed Chair in support of its Heart and Vascular Center, underscoring the hospital’s position in cardiovascular medicine and the crucial role of philanthropy in advancing patient care.     The endowment gift from the Frank and Margo Homan Family Foundation ensures that the hospital will continue groundbreaking work...

Kentucky DPH 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign Spotlight: Reducing the Burden of COPD

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising awareness of the impact of Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a term used to describe lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Kentucky has the second highest incidence of COPD in the U.S. To better address...

SmartHealthToday: Know the symptoms of a heart attack and don’t wait for them to pass; call 911

By Dianne Gebhardt-French SmartHealthToday The pressure in your chest comes and goes, but there’s something different. You are short of breath, breaking out in a sweat, and feel nauseated. Dr. Darryl Dias, board-certified cardiac specialist at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, says call 911 right away. Dr. Dias Do not wait for waves of pain to pass. Do not be concerned about making a mountain out of a...

Community Health Status Survey shows obesity has increased in NKY; nearly 7 in 10 adults overweight

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, has found that nearly 7 in 10 adults (68 percent) in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are either overweight or obese. This is a slight increase from 2013 (65 percent). Weight ranges for being overweight and obese are calculated using the Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in...

Smart HealthToday: e-cigarettes are now regulated by the FDA, but controversy remains

By Rory Glynn SmartHealthToday The Food and Drug Administration issued its long-awaited first regulations on e-cigarettes in 2016. But controversy surrounding them hasn’t exactly vanished in a puff of smoke. The widely expected move, announced over a year ago in May 2016, requires manufacturers of so-called Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or ENDS – including e-cigarettes and also vaporizers,...